Health insurance comes as second nature to many of us. We grab that blue and white card and put it in our wallet and forget about it until we are sick or injured. When this happens, there it is, cushioning our fall like the extra padding it provided to cushion our wallets. This is not the case with everyone, however. Many Americans have no cushion to fall back on, no blue and white card to show the emergency room when they have an unexpected health concern. No HMO with a convenient co-pay amount when their son or daughter develops an ear infection.
Each state has their own policies for Medicaid eligibility, services and payments. Medicaid plans have three eligibility groups such as categorically needy, medically needy and special groups. Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a program that offers health insurance coverage for uninsured children under Medicaid. If Medicaid does not cover a service, the patient may be billed if the following conditions have been met such as the physician informed the patient before the service was performed that the procedure was not covered by Medicaid and if the patient has signed an Advance beneficiary Notice form. However, there are also conditions where the patient cannot be billed if necessary preauthorization was not obtained or service
Immigration has been a burning issue lately, particularly after Donald Trump’s immigration ban in the United States of America. It has been a topic that families discuss every morning with breakfast. Despite many concerns related to immigration, it has several positive benefits that mostly outweighs the negativity. People bizarrely argue when it comes to immigration, but these arguments are primarily based on facts and ideas that are outdated or inconsistent and blindfold the positive aspect related to immigration. Many immigrants in the United States are good workers who don't depend upon any public welfare and mostly help in the overall development of the economy. As a country made by immigrants, we must not forget the fact that immigrants have helped to build cities and create a path of development form Google to iPhones (Gray & Furman, 2012). These facts are secluded, and some related arguments with different content have been repeated for years and continue. Immigrants have a lot to give the United States rather than to take, especially when it comes to economic terms.
As a growing number of Americans find themselves without health insurance, it is demanded that the United States explore innovative policies aimed at extending coverage. The high cost of expanding coverage raises many questions about how best to improve access while preserving individual choice and maintaining quality of care. Differing viewpoints among policymakers, insurers, doctors, hospital administrators, employers, public health advocates, and health policy researchers provide a complete picture of the current and desired state of American healthcare.
Things are not always what they seem. The Republican Party has now captured the House of Representatives and the Senate. The results of the mid-term elections were not surprising, since history has shown that when a president has low approval ratings, the opposing political party usually gains seats in Congress. One of the Republicans’ main arguments was the failure of the Affordable Care Act. Their platform was that they would work on their constituents’ behalf to repeal the health care law. However, reports show that the health care law is working, providing health insurance for many who previously did not have any health insurance. How did the Republicans convince their constituents to believe the contrary? Plato would argue that
“The massive legislation will help 32 million Americans get health insurance coverage and bans insurers from denying coverage to those with preexisting illnesses.” (Clemmitt) With the health care reform, it covers many things that Americans are struggling to receive such as acceptance because of illness and kicking out anyone off going young adults from parents plans. Obamacare is a benefit for those in need and have been let go cause of illness or who just in need but will not get accepted for reasons.
Many paths will lead to the same goal, but which one is the right one for you? This question revolves around the highly debated Affordable Care Act which saves many lives each year and yet different demographics consider repealing this act necessary without a plan to replace it immediately. Because the Affordable Care Act prevents the escalation of diseases and the deaths of the thousands of Americans, the act should not be repealed but only revised to save lives and progress the country in the direction in universal health care because everyone deserves health care. The Affordable Care Act sparked a debate between Democrats and Republicans when President Obama enforced it in 2010 and continues to do so because the amount of control it gave
Immigration is currently a hot topic within in the United States government. Currently the United States Congress is fighting to decide the fate of the Dreamers, and the Immigration bill DACA. Like many controversial issues within the government, the Democrats and Republicans are in a disagreement on what to do. Each article, examines a different take on the current immigration reform. Bier’s main argument is that individuals who are contributing to immigration reform are ignorant, that Immigrants are not hurting the American Labor market. The next article, I examined, was written by Eric Cantor; Cantor states that although the parties each have a high stake on the decision Congress makes on DACA, there must be a decision otherwise, the law will remain status quo. Next, we look at Gessen’s article, the main argument is that immigrants should not be looked at valuable or illegal, they should not have to be talented in order to be welcome within the United States. Lastly, Vargas, an undocumented Immigrant, discusses the difficulties of being illegal within the United States, yet still shines light on the positive influences he had throughout his childhood and time in America.
According to a study in 2009, “Half a million Mexican immigrants living in California receive medical, dental or prescription services every year south of the border” (Gorman, 2014). This is just counting the state of California. The number of Mexican immigrants and their families living in the United States that choose to receive health treatment in Mexico is undoubtedly higher. Why do Hispanics, especially of Mexican descent, living in the US choose to travel south for various health treatments? By comparing and contrasting healthcare access, quality, and cost, both in Mexico and in the United States, we can appreciate and evaluate the healthcare strengths and weakness of both nations and understand why some Hispanics in the US are travelling
Position on Topic: Obamacare is one of the most highly argued topics in today’s economics and politics alike. Many people believe that its goal of universal healthcare is a good thing and that healthcare should be a right as a U.S citizen. Others believe that Obamacare is a disaster causing people to pay more unnecessary taxes in order to compensate for people who are unable to pay for healthcare due to poverty status and is economically unfavorable. There are also people who believe it should be kept but many changes need to be made in order to make it effective. Considering both arguments, I believe Obamacare should be repealed and replaced with a new healthcare policy.
The Article Immigration Policy: Should the U.S. government take stricter measures to limit illegal immigration (February 9, 2017), focuses on whether the U.S. should adopt stricter measures for illegal immigration. Supporters believe that illegal immigrants pose a threat to national security. Undocumented immigrants are not in the system, so their criminal records are inaccessible. Additionally, supporters believe that immigrants take the jobs of Americans. Companies tend to give immigrants jobs because they will work for cheap wages. However, the opponents of the law believe stricter measures for illegal immigrants shouldn’t be done because most of the country's technological breakthroughs are due to immigrants. Opponents believe that immigrants help the economy because they take the jobs that not many workers take, such as farming or physical work. Immigration policy argument will continue until there is common ground established between everyone whether to there should be stricter measures or another way for them to become documented.
The increased risk and incidence rates of certain health issues associated with the United States – Mexico border require unique attention and specialization. The US border region is medically underserved, has higher uninsured rates resulting in worsening health conditions in an increasing population5. The overall population for this review consists of communities along the US-Mexico border focusing on the Hispanic immigratory individuals who face barriers to improved health status. An increase in rate of disease is experienced when two countries of different disease rates deal with high volumes of travel, trade, and immigration, which can be a primary source of illness in the bordering country with the lower incidence rate,6 which in this case would be the US.
According to UNHCR a refugee agency, 65.3 million people are living in war zones. Another 5.5 billion people of all faiths face some form of religion persecution, including physical violence. People are unsafe in their own countries and homes, so they escape to other countries in search of a better chance at life. However, some of them break the rules to gain access to other countries. This results in illegal immigration. Illegal immigration is a major issue for countries around the world. According to Pew Resource, 11 million unauthorized immigrants are living in the United States. An illegal immigrant can be defined as a person who crosses the border by avoiding inspection or without a visa. This phenomenon is making countries blame
Since the beginning of human civilization, our health and well-being has sustained a high level of importance, because one’s physical and mental condition are things that are necessary to care for. The issue however remains in how our governments should assist in this care and how involved they should be in the world of doctors, drugs and healthcare companies. Many have strong opinions on this complex issue, and governments have attempted many different strategies which have been met with a sweeping range of results, from the corrupt health care companies which can be seen in the US to systems which have been denounced as communism to everything in between. Personally, I believe that completely universal healthcare is the best for society as a healthy population increases economic productivity, the system allows you to contribute incrementally over time and your wealth should not influence your access to care.